We have just come to the end of a very very long harvest. We started in late September and are ending in November. By the sounds of things you would think we had thousands of acres to cut. But due to the frost, small rains, dewy mornings, breakdowns, and other unforeseen issues, it was only 880 acres.
Our family is in need of some much needed rest and a little bit of fun. Just the thought of us being done is relaxation enough. Thankfully a shower comes in that night and we can take a breath, sort through mail, and a few other neglected chores. It is also time to catch up on the housework I have fallen behind on. One of my duties is the nightly headcount of my toddler's toys. If you have never visited a prison, they have a headcount a couple times a day. And if someone isn't where they should be, it is a major issue. So as I locate and pick up her toys, count dishes in her make believe kitchen, fake food in her picnic basket, and put her brand new alphabet puzzle together, I see the "z" is missing. My husband and I stop all we are doing and immediately crawl on the floor, lift up couches, and survey areas. No "z". I want to call in backup on a radio, "Z missing. Z missing. Need backup immediately."
After an exhaustive search, we sit down with heads heavy and shoulders slumped. The "z" is gone. But the puzzle is so new. Did it go out in the trash?
A week later and I am back to life, bills paid, dusting, vacuuming, laundry washed. I sit down to check my email. As my laptop is warming up, I reach down past the couch cushion into a small open area I have never seen before. And there is just enough room for the placement of a "z". The "z"!!!! I found the z!!!
I text my husband, shout out to the sky, "I found the Z!!" Now if only I could find my husband's hairbrush, the 9 from her number puzzle, and a few other things.
Chores of cows moved, machines serviced and repaired, and monitoring the wheat are the next tasks at hand. Thankfully with shorter days, I can do a few things to take care of me, like go to my monthly book club, take a walk in the evening, and do some writing.